Six On Saturday: Stormy weather

The first storm of the winter arrived this week.  Some parts of the UK suffered more than others.  Here the weather was blustery and gusty for a few days but only minor damage occurred.  Here’s my contribution to the Six On Saturday meme:


IMG_2898Pride before the fall and fall the persimmons did.  Two branches came down, both  heavily laden with fruit.  They broke from the inside so nature has done a good job of opening up the tree.


IMG_2905No sooner had the delphiniums put up their second flush of flower stems than the storm arrived.  Of course I hadn’t got round to tying in the tops but the ties at the bottom seem to have helped steady the stems enough to keep them safe.


IMG_2900The stately cosmos that was just opening out its flowers was not so lucky.  I had tried to push a cane into the ground but there was no give at all. The plant snapped off at the bottom.  All was not lost as I cut back the side stems and brought them inside to fill a vase.


IMG_2899The fruits of the passion flower are ripening and providing a focal point over the top of an arch.  These is the more common Passiflora caerulea and although the fruits are edible when very ripe I prefer to leave them be.


IMG_2904There is a paragraph in the  participant’s guide  that encourages mention of gardening projects and time this week has been spent preparing the ground for some new plants.  It’s not a very exciting photo so here’s a link to the planting that inspired me:  Nice (no 3)  I was very taken by the combination of gaura and pennisetum, and I am going to try it out on a smaller scale here.  Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and Pennisetum villosum have been ordered and two corners have been cleared awaiting their imminent arrival.  Both should be shorter and smaller varieties of the original planting.


IMG_2906Indeed the doorbell rang a moment ago and although it was not the aforementioned plants I was excited to receive the first of the bulb orders.  Excited on two counts: Yes! I had my six for the week (it was touch and go) and I could cross Colchicum speciosum Album off of the wish list.  I hope they are going to like the space I have ready for them.  Fingers crossed that it is sunny enough.

22 thoughts on “Six On Saturday: Stormy weather

  1. Two storms in quick succession here (Helene and Ali) but, thankfully, no damage done. You are a very rare type of gardener! The one who has somewhere to plant the plants before they arrive. Perhaps you should see your doctor about this. 😉

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  2. I think that persimmons won’t survive and ripe outside the tree, but as for your passion fruit, their color is so orange that it makes me think they are ripe. Sacrifice one to taste? Once the color has turned orange, you can eat them. They won’t ill not be as tasty as the real species but they are edible. (Not too much for your gut …) (PS: I can’t wait to see the colchicum in bloom … a future Six, certainly.)

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  3. Sorry to hear about the wind damage. We didn’t fair too badly at all here. That passion flower is a show. Neither of ours have flowered this year after they were removed from troughs and out into the ground. They rarely produced fruit like yours. Envious!

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  4. Some of my Cosmos have suffered the same fate sadly. About a third of them have grown to a huge size with buds only just beginning to show colour. I was so excited that they were finally going to flower and now they’re in the compost bin.
    How exciting to have a new project. Look forward to seeing it in a future Six

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  5. I’ve never seen a passion fruit that colour and it’s gorgeous! What a shame that the ‘natural pruning’ didn’t happen a bit later when the persimmons were ripe.

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  6. I always eat my passion fruit, but you’ve made me rethink that. The wildlife will thank you if I follow suit (altho my neighbour has a passion flower growing up his tree & dangling w/fruit, so the wildlife here haven’t missed anything). Love your verbena bananarama (as Mr P calls it) w/the delphenium. I’m beginning to think it looks good w/just about everything. Sorry you had so much wind damage, but sounds like you’re putting a positive spin on it. I’ve never brought cosmos into the house, so there’s another new idea. Good luck w/your new bed. I like the combo you’ve chosen.

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    • The vb came with me from the old house in several pots and I used it to get the garden going. It has such long lasting colour and it seeded itself everywhere in the new garden. I think it does go with everything but as I’m getting the new garden restocked I will have to rein it in. The goldfinches love the seeds too.


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